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Nov 28 2021


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Urban Planning Regulations and its Implications for City Inclusion

In the face of socio-economic shifts in cities, equity remains a critically contested notion. As these urban centres increasingly move towards greater diversity, with the expansion of ethnic and cultural identities and economic disparities, they must also become equitable and inclusive spaces that acknowledge these differences. Planners play a vital role in developing interventions to minimize inequality in urban planning and development. However, justice and inclusion researchers argue that planners have prioritized economically advantageous requirements in planning over preventing social inequalities in cities and its development process. Further, it shows that implications, outcomes, and consequences of planning policy guidelines and planning applications differently affect the groups in the society. The main reasons for these shortcomings are the lack of a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and the underestimation of the consequences of those planning practices on those concepts. Therefore, it is crucial to learn how equity can benefit cities’ residents and planners. Accordingly, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is designed to demonstrate the Canadian experience of equity considerations in land-use regulations through a human rights perspective.


• To explore how land use and urban development regulations create inequalities.
• To discuss human rights and equity issues should be considered when drafting land use regulations.
• To present how to promote equity considerations in land use and urban development regulations.
• To examine the applicability of equity considerations in land use and urban development regulations in the Sri Lankan context


• Equity in Contemporary Urban Planning practices.
• Inequities created by land use regulations and urban development regulations in Canadian Context.
• Recommendations to promote equity considerations in land use and urban development regulations.
• Reflections on human rights and equity issues of urban development regulations in Sri Lanka.


Prof. Sandeep Agrawal, PhD, MCIP, RPP, AICP
Professor and Director at School of Urban and Regional Planning; Associate Chair, Earth & Atmospheric
Sciences | University of Alberta (


Session 01 – (60 minutes)
By Prof. Sandeep Agrawal, Professor, and Director at School of Urban and Regional Planning,
The University of Alberta.

Session 02 – Discussion (60 minutes)
1. Plnr. Ananda Gamage – Former Chief City Planner, City of Colombo | Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa.
2. Plnr. Shirani Ariyatilake – Former Director (Western Province), Urban Development Authority
Dr. Chathuranganee Jayakody Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Interested members of ITPSL


A duly filled online application form should be submitted on or before 27th November 2021 along with a copy of the deposit slip of the registration fee. Click Here

Registration fee Payments shall be made to account number 0002350014 of Bank of Ceylon, Hyde Park in favor of Institute of Town Planners Sri Lanka or use online payment system of the ITPSL (bank charges may apply). Click Here

Registration Fees:

  • Associate, Corporate and Fellow members – Rs. 1000.00 ( PAY NOW)
  • Student members – Rs. 500.00 (PAY NOW)
  • Non-Members – Rs. 2000.00

Attendance / Certificates

Participants must meet the following requirements In order to complete the Programme as a CPD Event;
1) Participants must pay the registration fee before November 27, 2021.
2) Participants must attend the program at least 80% of the total time.
3) Participants must complete and submit a feedback form after the programme.
4) Participants must indicate the membership number with their name on the device. Ex: Smith Patel (M999)